Were you a math major too?

For most of secondary math was my weakest subject. That's not to say I was bad at it, twas still a grade ahead of my year's "advanced" math class. (which isn't saying much for the backwater high school I went to. calc I in 10th instead of 11th) That was until calc, when math stopped being so much "write exactly down what I tell you to, DO NOT DEVIATE" and more "just solve the problem however, bonus points if you do it creatively."

I'd also read a lot of fantasy when I was younger, and was fascinated with the idea of magic-approached-as-a-science in a lot of books. Going to a school for magic, a discipline that pushes minds to new & rare levels of understanding and learning to manipulate the universe at it's most basic level via symbology was my dream since I was a kid. It was in that calculus class I found out that math was "magic" in our sadly-unpopulated-with-swords-and-sorceries world, or at least my version. Then I started reading up (at a very basic level) on predicate calculus, discrete geometry, number theory, borrowed and went through a bunch of my teacher's college textbooks and my mind was just blown by where advanced mathematics was going and right then I knew the main thing I wanted to do with my life. God knows I'd probably stand out more in other fields, but no other field feels as plain magical as mathematics. In fact, that math-as-the-magic-underlying-everything analogy is what's getting me through my last year as a math/stat undergrad. xD

And I chalk all that up to a great calculus teacher who'd stay with me after class if I wanted to talk about aleph numbers or the banach-tarski paradox, or who would borrow me his old college textbooks for weeks at a time.